18 years ago
bought new by the company I work for. They recently replaced it with a
new one and I got this one. After 50 years, I'm only the 2nd owner.
It all seems to work and the gears in the head look like new. It has a
taper attachment that seems to be frozen in place with gunk. When I clamp
the taper in place and try to move the carriage, I expect the carriage to
move and the taper to slide on its ways, which are cocked to the desired
angle. What happens is the force tries to move the clamp that ties the
taper attachment but the carriage stays in place.
I'm a bit nervous about taking the sliding part of the taper apart for
cleaning having never worked on anything like this. I don't know how to
adjust it when putting it back together. Am I right to worry about this
and if so, is there a good explanations somewhere?
The machine also has a travadial that had some water vapor fog under the
glass when I got it. I put a lamp under it for about a week and the fog
is gone now. Do I need to lubricate it or anything?
Lastly I've read the recent talk about synthetic oil with great interest.
The lathe manual asks for 20W engine oil, it seems like Mobil 1 would be a
I got a couple of chucks and some collets with the lathe but no rests for
supporting long parts. Are any available for this old machine?
I'm a total newbie to this and I'm looking forward to playing with it.